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The Monkees


Papa Gene's Blues

(Michael Nesmith)

Lead Vocal: Michael Nesmith
Harmony Vocal: Micky Dolenz
Acoustic Guitar: James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey,
James Helms, Don Peake, & Peter Tork
Bass: William Pitman
Drums: Hal Blaine, Frank Devito, & Jim Gordon
Percussion: Gary Coleman
Produced By: Michael Nesmith
Recorded At: Western Recorders Studio 2, Hollywood
Date: July 7, 1966

Basically, sessions for the first album were separated into two camps: Boyce/Hart and Nesmith. Whereas Boyce and Hart only brought in one Monkee at a time after the disastrous aborted session with all four, Nesmith attempted to involve the whole group as much as possible, though due to Kirshner's strict policy, most of the instrumental work was still handled by session musicians. Arranger Don Peake also played guitar along with James Burton, Glen Campbell, Al Casey, James Helms, and in the case of "Papa Gene's Blues", Peter Tork. Evidently, this was Tork's first official session work, as Boyce and Hart had rejected him as a vocalist. William Pitman played bass; Hal Blaine, Frank DeVito, and Jim Gordon played drums; and Gary Coleman handled percussive work. Mike sang lead with Micky on harmony vocals on "Papa Gene's Blues" which was one of two Nesmith songs on the debut album.

On CD:
The Monkees Music Box (2001), Rhino Records R2 76706
The Monkees (1994), Rhino Records R2 71790


Lyrics:

No heartaches felt no longer lonely
Heights of waiting finally won me
Happiness that's all rolled up in you

And now with you as inspriation
I look toward a destination
Sunny bright that once before was blue

I have no more than I did before
But now I've got all that I need
For I love you and I know you love me

So take my hand I'll start my journey
Free from all the helpless worry
That besets a man when he's alone

For strength is mine when we're together
And with you I know I'll never
Have to pass the high road for the low

I have no more than I did before
But now I've got all that I need
'Cause I love you and I know you love me
Yes, I love you and I... know... you....love....me!!!!!!!!



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